2021 Public Reading Schedule

Public Readings for the summer of 2021 will be offered online and begin at 7 pm according to the schedule below. Reservations are not required.

Attend the Readings HERE


Writers Institute Students will offer readings of their own work Wednesdays June 30, July 7, 14 and 21.

With sponsorship from the New York State Writers Institute and Northshire Bookstores.

2021 Visiting Writers and Readings (print version)

Schedule subject to change. Please check the Skidmore College master calendar or call the NYS Summer Writers Institute at 518-580-5593.

Monday, June 28:

Poet Campbell McGrath (American Noise) and Novelist Elizabeth Benedict (The Practice of Deceit)

Tuesday, June 29:

A Conversation with novelist Claire Messud (The Woman Upstairs, The Emperor’s Children) and literary critic and novelist James Wood (The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Guardian)

Thursday, July 1:

Poet Gregory Pardlo (Pulitzer Prize, Digest) and memoirist Phillip Lopate (Getting Personal)

Monday, July 5

Poet Vijay Seshadri (Pulitzer Prize, 3 Sections) and novelist Adam Braver (Misfit, 1963, Crows Over The Wheatfield)

Tuesday, July 6

Fictionist Adam Haslett (Imagine Me Gone) and novelist Calvin Baker (A More Perfect Reunion: Race, Integration, and The Future of America)

Thursday, July 8

Poet Charles Simic (Pulitzer Prize: The Lunatic: Poems, Hotel Insomnia) and poet Rosanna Warren (Ghost in a Red Hat)


Monday, July 12

Novelist Rick Moody (The Ice StormHotels of North America) and memoirist Honor Moore (Our Revolution: A Mother and Daughter at Mid-Century

Tuesday, July 13

Poet Peg Boyers (To Forget Venice, Hard Bread, Honey With Tobacco) and novelist Mary Gaitskill (The Mare, Veronica)


Thursday, July 15

Novelist Russell Banks (Foregone, Affliction, The Lost Memory of Skin) and poet Chase Twichell (Things as It Is)


Monday, July 19

Fictionist Dana Johnson (Break Any Woman Down, Elsewhere, California) and Novelist-memoirist Danzy Senna (Caucasia, Where Did You Sleep Last Night)

Tuesday, July 20

Novelist Joyce Carol Oates (Zombie, Blonde, The (Other) You: Stories and novelist Percival Everett (Telephone: A Novel)

Thursday, July 22

Novelist-memoirist Jamaica Kincaid (Among Flowers, Autobiography Of My Mother, Lucy) and poet Henri Cole (Blizzard: PoemsNothing To Declare)

The NYS Summer Writers Institute Program at Skidmore College


Since its inaugural season in 1987, the New York State Summer Writers Institute has drawn students from all over the world. The Institute is designed for college-aged students and adults, and approximately 50 percent of the program participants are undergraduate or graduate students.


Each summer during the month of July the NYS Writers Institute moves its program to the Skidmore College campus in Saratoga Springs for a series of creative writing courses and free public readings.

In light of pandemic conditions, the 2021 New York State Summer Writers Institute will be delivered online.

For more information, visit www.skidmore.edu/summerwriters/workshops-2021.php